How the world record corn yield w a s                              madeHerman Warsaw set a new world record of 338 bu. per...
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Farmers Digest - Apr76 - Herman Warsaw


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Farmers Digest - Apr76 - Herman Warsaw

  1. 1. How the world record corn yield w a s madeHerman Warsaw set a new world record of 338 bu. per acre last fallwith good management and liberal use of inputs From FS NewsMINIMUM tillage, high fertility,heavy population and qualityhybrids are part of the ingredients increased, yields 1 have beenof success for the producer of the experiencing on the farm in recentworlds record corn yield. years are my reward. It has been Herman Warsaw, who has been more than worth the extra timefarming near Saybrook, 111., since and effort."1942, established the new record When Warsaw hit 267 bushelsof 338 bushels of No. 2 corn last in 1973, he began to look for newfall exceeding the previous world horizons and immediately set outrecord by more than 30 bushels. to achieve a 300 bushel goal by He credits much of his success testing new hybrids and yearly Here are some ofthe ingredientsadjustments in his cropping of his recent and most successfulprogram. And added to that are season:his 40 years of experience as a Minimum tillage — aftergovernment crop reporter, 25 harvesting last fall, Warsawyears as a federal land bank followed up with a shredder anddirector, 22: years as a local and disc and later with the chisel plow.county ASC committee man and His moldboard plow has beeneight years on the county soil and retired to a corner of the machinewater conservation district-board. shed for the past five years. He In seven years of competition in brings it out only occasionally toa five-acre corn growing contest break up the hard pan of fields on(1967-73) sponsored by FS Ser- some of his rented land.vices, Inc., Warsaw pushed his test Crop residue — the shreddedplot yields from 167 to 267 bushels corn stalks help hold the soilper acre. For the past five years he against the ravages of wind andhas produced 200 bushel corn. water erosion. The residues also When asked if he felt his help retain fertilizer and moisture.experimenting was worth the Its merits are really proven in a dryeffort, Warsaw replied, "The season. From FS News, FS Services Inc., 1701 Towanda Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701
  2. 2. "U THE FARMERS DIGEST APRIL Hybrid — Warsaw used FS 854 potash. (same variety used in 1973), a full Soil tests" — he takes them season single cross corn. He yearly on his test plots, every three planted 34,000 kernels per acre in years elsewhere. The test on his 28 inch rows on April 22. Harvest record breaking corn plot showed population was 33,000 plants per a pH level of 6.4, P 1 test of 282 acre. and K test of 896 and 8 percent Fertility — he applied 20 tons of organic matter. hog manure (18 tons of crop Warsaw plants 10-12 varieties residue which,had been placed on each year, all of varying maturity his hog feedlot to keep the hogs ranges, to spread his risk. Know- out of the mud and later applied ing the stress ability of corn on his corn field), 1,000 pounds of varieties and response to high 3-10-10, 200 pounds of 18-46-0, population and fertility levels can 250 pounds of 0-0-60, 325 pounds produce high yields, .he contends. of actual nitrogen, and 150 pounds of 6-24-24. In summary it Warsaw owns 260 acres and amounted to 400 pounds of rents the rest of the nearly 700 nitrogen, 228 pounds of acres he farms. His research plots phosphate and 286" pounds of are on rental land. Cleanliness key to trouble-free hydraulics It isnt a matter of much maintenance but rather regular manintenance i that keeps hydraulic systems operating, says Kansas State University Ag engineer Paul Stevenson. Most common problems that need attention, Stevenson says, are related to fluid in the hydraulic system. When incorrect fluid is used in 1 the system, problems often crop up. Also, when filters are not changed often enough, the system may become clogged. In fact, Stevenson says, the key to maintaining hydraulic systems is cleanliness. Keep containers spotless and use a clean funnel with a fine- mesh screen when filling the system. Check fluid within the hydraulic system. If it shows sludge, sediment, or gum and lacquer formations, the system should be cleaned and Hushed before refilling. The fluid does the work T transmits the power generated by — hydraulic cylinders in the system. All parts in the system are closely fitted to force the fluid through the lines. Theres no room for any foreign particles, Stevenson emphasizes. Any contamination can lead lo serious hydraulic system problems. — Nebraska Farmer